Here’s how the 2013 Legislative Scorecard was developed.
A list of bills and amendments considered by the House, Senate or both was reviewed. Due to the fact that not every member of the House or Senate could be evaluated on every committee vote, these votes were not considered.
A brief description of the bills or amendments evaluated is provided at the end of the “Scorecard Detail Votes” file. This description includes whether a “Yes” or “No” vote received the maximum score. The bills and amendments evaluated were not identical in the Senate and the House.
Each bill or amendment evaluated was given a weighted score to be awarded based on the vote cast. The correct vote received the maximum score available for that issue and an incorrect vote received zero.
A legislator who was absent for a vote was not awarded any points for or against that vote. While I’m certain we could correctly forecast how the legislator would have voted on the issue, it would obviously be our best guess. As a result, some scores may have been higher or lower without the absences.
At least one Senator (Lager) and three Representatives (Brattin, Parkinson and Pogue) would have likely received 100% scores. Unfortunately with the absence, they could only be awarded 99%.
We provide three different PDF files for both the House and the Senate. All are searchable.
The first file is a summary of the members of the respective legislative body by district and their score.
The second is a summary of the members of the respective legislative body sorted by score from highest to lowest.
The third is a detailed accounting of the bills/amendments scored, the legislator’s vote and a brief description of the bill/amendment. This is sorted by district order.